American Solstice for Chamber Ensemble
American Solstice is loosely based an original fiddle tune that captures something of the flavor and independence of the American frontier spirit. The second theme reflects the influence of the American hymn collection known as The Sacred Harp, yet it features unexpected harmonies and yearning melodic lines. This is followed by a sprightly section of playful imitation and canon. The three themes develop and interweave, with an extended fugue built on the fiddle tune that culminates in an exhilarating crowning statement.